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Tax Assessor
Tax Assessor
Carroll A. Bonner
105 Lauderdale
P.O. Box 987
Selma, AL  36702
Phone: (334)874-2520
Fax: (334) 876-4853
Office Hours: Mon- Fri. 8:30 - 4:30

View Dallas County Maps at https://www.alabamagis.com/Dallas/


Duties / Responsibilities

Mapping Department : Responsible for processing land transactions that convey property and plotting them on the tax maps.  Maps are plotted from the legal descriptions.  Maps can be accessed online at https://www.alabamagis.com/Dallas/.

Appraisal Department : Responsible for  reviewing and placing values on property, both real and personal.  This office is also responsible for processing and current use exemptions of rural property that may have been claimed by owners.

Assessor's Office : Responsible for the classing of property and processing homestead exemptions when applicable.  Another task of this department is the balancing of the abstract each year, and providing the Tax Collector with the abstract so bills can be generated.  Also, any changes of address must be filed with the Assessors office.

The Code of Alabama requires that property owners must assess their property the first year they purchase it, as well as claim Homestead exemption if they live on the property. If you buy property, it is the taxpayer's responsibility to come into the Assessor's office to assess your property, regardless of what you will be doing with the property. In some instances, you may qualify for some type of exemption (IE. homestead, over 65, disability). Also, they should notify the Tax Assessor's Office of any changes made on the property, such as the removal or addition of a structure.  All assessments must be made by December 31 of each year for the following tax year.

Business Personal Property may be filed in the Appraiser's office, completed online through the Alabama Optional Personal Property Assessment Link (OPPAL), or a completed Tangible Personal Property Return can be e-mailed to ccooke@dallascounty-al.org.  If you own a business you must file a Business Personal Property Return by December 31.


Real Property Q&A:

What is Personal Property?

Personal Property is property not permanently affixed to or part of the real estate. Any equipment used to operate a business is personal property.

How are equipment taxes arrived?

The market value is calculated by using the cost of the equipment, the type of equipment and the year the equipment was purchased. Each tax year we are given composite factors from The State Department of Revenue. Here is how the calculations are done:

Cost X Composite = Market Value Market Value X 20% = Assessed Value

Assessed Value X the Millage Rate = Taxes

When is the form due to be reported?

Personal Property forms are mailed for the business to receive by October 1st of each tax year and are to be returned to our office by December 31st.

Do I have to fill out a rendition form every year?

Yes, failure to fill out the form will result in a 10% penalty and a $5.00 fee.

If I have equipment just sitting around that I am not using am I taxed on that equipment?

Yes, if equipment is in working order and could be used by the business if the owner chose to use it, the equipment is classified as idle equipment. Idle equipment is taxable.

What is add on equipment?

Add on equipment is equipment that has been added to a vehicle whether by owner or manufacturer.

If I have equipment that I use personally and for my business do I need to report it?

Yes, if it is used for your business as well as personal it should be reported.

If equipment was given to me and I don’t know the cost of it, should I report it?

Yes, if equipment was given to you and it is being used in the business it has value.

What do you consider to be supplies?

Supplies are anything that is used to operate the business that is not for sale. This cost should not be included in the equipment cost.

Is inventory taxable?

No, inventory is not taxable.

To download a copy of the Alabama Business Personal Property form, click here.    (key in the search_ adv40 )